Now that Marc Jacobs has confirmed he will continue to show his own collection in New York — albeit on a different day — the fashion crowd can breathe a sigh of relief.
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In early September — two days after Jacobs' fall collection — the designer's future in his native city seemed in serious doubt. After reading the press about his show that morning, Jacobs and his business partner, Robert Duffy, seriously mulled a move from New York's fashion week to London or Paris. The reason for the negative press? Jacobs' show had started just before 11 p.m., two hours after the scheduled start. The delay — far from the first for Jacobs — infuriated several editors and buyers, some of whom interpreted it as arrogance on the designer's part. The International Herald Tribune's Suzy Menkes, for one, flippantly told WWD, "I would like to murder him with my bare hands and never see another Marc Jacobs show as long as I live."
While some critics hailed the clothes as among the most exciting of the season, the vituperative reactions over the delay of the show unleashed a series of events that carried through to Jacobs' Louis Vuitton show in Paris in early October, and beyond.
There were rumors of the designer drinking or eating at the Mercer Hotel restaurant or bar while editors were waiting for the show to begin, which irked Jacobs, who had checked himself into a rehabilitation facility for drink and substance abuse in March, having relapsed after seven years of sobriety. "That is bulls--t! That is bulls--t!" he told WWD, explaining he returned to the hotel to shower and shave after three sleepless nights because he stank "like a raccoon."
Then, while WWD and The New York Times sang Jacobs' praises, Menkes didn't hold back and gave his collection a damning review, calling it a "bad, sad show," and a "freak's costume party," setting the stage for one of the biggest fashion feuds in recent memory. It culminated when Jacobs appeared to stick his tongue out at Menkes while taking his bow at the Louis Vuitton show, though he later said that wasn't actually the case.